Flare Path

Flare Path

Theatre Royal Haymarket

  • Booking until: Saturday, 11 June 2011
Flare Path description

Trevor Nunn directs Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan's Flare Path - his first production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.


A story of love, loyalty and desire set at the height of the Second World War. In a country house hotel on the edge of RAF Bomber Command airfield, the women wait for news of their husbands return from a dangerous bombing mission behind enemy lines.


The lives of a newly married RAF bomber pilot and his actress wife, Patricia, are thrown into upheaval by the unexpected night mission.  The arrival of Peter Kyle, a Hollywood star, and the outcome of the night raid on Germany,  throws up a conflict of love and duty for Patricia. With life and relationships hanging in the balance, will the lights of the flare path welcome the courageous airmen back home?


Based on Rattigan's own experiences as a tail gunner in the RAF during the Second World War, he later reworked Flare Path into a screenplay and in 1954 the re-titled The Way to the Stars starring Michael Redgrave was released.

Cast will also include Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde the Musical) and James Purefoy.

Playing at Theatre Royal Haymarket

8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT (venue info)

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